(Updated Feb. 1st, 2018) – Who said that food is the path to a person’s a heart? Well, whoever they were, they were clearly correct judging by the amount of amazing Toronto restaurants we have to choose from. On Valentine’s Day, eating out (no pun intended) is the perfect evening activity to release your romantic side and let your appetite roam free. Oh, but where to dine…?
Check out our list of our Top 25 Restaurant Picks For Valentine’s Day in Toronto!
If Spanish tapas is what turns you and your honey on, look no further than this Spanish gem on Queen West. While they are not offering a special Valentine’s Day menu (which is actually quite refreshing), their tapas menu is the perfect blend of spice to entice your date for the evening. A must try? One of our top 10 dishes in Toronto, the fried green tomatoes. You can thank us later.
If your love is a steakhouse lover, Michael’s on Simcoe should be your first choice. Not only is the food flawless, the vibe has a very cool Miami style. Deemed an Italian steakhouse, the offerings not only include hand-picked steaks by Michael himself, but also creative lighter dishes that will wow the pickiest of foodies. Oh and by the way, there will be live entertainment by Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Kirt Godwin and Jon Nguyen.
Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine nestled in the heart of Corso Italia @ St Clair West, while listening to the sultry sounds of Jessica Rose. And yes, your date will be smitten. Serving authentic Neapolitan pizzas from their natural wood burning oven and Italian cuisine the way Nona would make it. This year, there won’t be a prix fix but rather a few special items as well as the regular menu being served all night.
This buzz Italian pescatarian restaurant has got us in a tizzy. Chef Ivana Raca has created a $95 per person 3-course set menu for the romantic evening which includes a glass of organic prosecco. Including burrata, trout crudo & lobster tortelli, the menu was clearly designed to entice all the senses so don’t worry about rolling home and not getting lucky. They wouldn’t do that to you…
Eat your heart out this Valentine’s Day (but save room for dessert). Wine & dine at Estia and treat you and yours to petit fours from their Pastry Chefs to end off your evening. Sharing dishes inspired by Greece, Southern Italy & Southern Spain, served in thi swanky setting. They’ll be serving a delicious 3-course prix fixe menu for $75 that includes a house-made halloumi, truffle wagyu beef and a roasted branzino.
If you haven’t heard about one of the best restaurants in Toronto, you must be living under a rock. Chef and owner Patrick Kriss has wowed the hardest food critics with his tasting menus so if you’re loved one is a foodie, you will definitely score some bonus points with this restaurant. While the bar menu is small and just as lovely, the dinner menu is an experience that won’t be forgotten.
This refined and sophisticated Greek restaurant, located on downtown Richmond Street West, is one not to be missed. If you’re in the mood to take your sweetie on a romantic Greek journey, try Volos. Their dedication to great food and happy guests is what makes the experience at Volos so special.
Montecito is not an eatery that goes unnoticed and always has something cool going on. Famed chef Jonathan Waxman opened last year along with partner Ivan Reitman and they’ve managed to create a super cool restaurant concept. If roasted chicken is your thing, Chef Waxman’s famous poultry is a must try.
Do you and your boo love sushi? Then book a table at Miku for their aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine’s menu – a little sushi leading you straight to the bedroom… nothing wrong with that. Their 5-course kaiseki menu includes fresh Oysters, beef carpaccio & of course their signature sushi selection. You can’t ever go wrong with the Sushi at Miku.
We didn’t forget about you single ladies! With some of the most beautiful design features the city has to offer and soaring windows, FIGO is the perfect spot to spend with the girls this Valentine’s Day! They have a delectable prix fixe menu this year and will treat you + the squad to some petit fours.
Portland Variety’s tapas menu is both enticing and delicious, offering unique share plates that appeal to many. We swear their octopus might be one of the best in the city and the eggplant biyaldi is a must try if you’re into eggplants. Their cocktail menu goes above and beyond and the service and vibe are on point here. Table side (and bar side) shows are common, so, if you’re looking to impress, call them for a reservation.
If you’re treating him for a V-Day dinner, then Carbon Bar is the way into your boothang’s heart — especially with their special Valentine’s Day 5-course prix-fixe menu at $85 per person. Including their famous K.F.C (Korean fried cauliflower) and Pit Master Platter, it features a selection of pork ribs, beef brisket, hot smoked salmon and dill pickles. Just thank us later…
Bustling with charisma and charm, King West’s Gusto 101 is the perfect hotspot to visit on February 14. While they aren’t offering a prix-fixe menu, they’re vibe is perfect for a casual and fun Valentine’s dinner. From their regular menu, we recommend… well, pretty much everything — we tend to visit often. But why read, when you can watch the vibe video below.
This Greek foodie destination on Ossington is a perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Their menu features fantastic Greek delicacies and their brunch is one of the best in the city. Truly, Mamakas Taverna is an idyllic Valentine’s destination that will make your taste buds sing and dance.
Executive chef Stuart Cameron never disappoints, no matter what he does. At Byblos, he combines the flavours from the coasts of the Middle East and Europe to deliver a fantastic “Middleterannean” sharing menu. Their special $75 per person Valentine’s Day menu includes foie gras, hamachi crudo, short rib kebab and a must-try kanafeh for dessert.
Known as the best pizza in the city, Via Mercanti is undoubtedly the best choice if you and your special one are pie lovers. With 4 locations – Kensington Market (seen below), Elm Street, The Beaches and one up in Concord, all places offer romantic settings that take you out of Toronto and into the owner’s hometown of Salerno.
Boralia, another Ossington Street hotspot, is offering a 4-course $75 Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu that is both innovative and comforting includes lobster on brioche, a pan-roasted Fogo Island Cod and for dessert – a decadent chocolate crème brûlée. The restaurant finds its inspiration from historic foods of the early settlers and immigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries. Refreshingly unique, Boralia is an experience everyone enjoys. History can be sexy too, you know 😉
No date on V Day, fellas? Be(er) mine & celebrate your true love with some buddies! They’ll be serving up all your fave craft brews, plus a prix fixe menu with beer pairing options. Who needs a date when you got beer and friends, right? You should still get a reso though to be safe.
Ki, the modern Japanese restaurant at Bay and Wellington, never does anything halfway. On February 14, they will be offering a 6-course tasting menu ($75) with Sake pairing option (extra $35) that includes Ora king salmon, peppercorn duck breast and of course a variety of sushi bites. Check out the vibe below.
Where better to spend Valentine’s Day than at famed Daniel Boulud’s Toronto restaurant? The menu and vibe at Café Boulud is bar none and Toronto critics have been muted by their incredibly delicious rebirth. Offering a $132 per person four-course menu that includes lobster bisque, duck filet, nagano pork and this raspberry almond, white chocolate sponge dessert that just sounds amazing.
The famous David Chang eatery is celebrating Valentine’s Day family style. For parties of 2+, the prixe fix menu includes a shrimp cocktail, grilled scallops and banana leaf wrapped snapper for $99 per person for 5 courses.
Could there be a better pairing for Valentine’s Day than champagne and oysters? As they do every year, Le Select Bistro knows how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Chef Laura Maxwell has prepared a very special (and extensive selection) prix fixe menu. At $59 per person, the menu is filled with both innovative and classic French dishes all created with the day of love in mind. Reservations go quickly at this famous Toronto staple so book your table soon.
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